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Oh, just Tom Cruise strapped to the side of a plane for M:I 5


You know, cause that's what he do
Nov 03
// Matthew Razak
Most guys use stunt doubles. Tom Cruise does not. He's cooler than you. That plane, by the way, is going 250 miles per hour. Bonus, Cruise on top of the tallest building in the world while filming M:I Ghost - Protocol.

Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Jun 05 // Matthew Razak
Edge of TomorrowDirector: Doug LimanRated: PG-13Release Date: June 6, 2014  [embed]217839:41571:0[/embed] The film takes the concept from the book All You Need Is Kill and then tweaks the story into something Hollywood can swallow. The concept itself is fantastic. A soldier, Cage (Tom Cruise), somehow inherits the ability to jump back in time every time he dies. It's basically the same as rebooting from a check point in a videogame. Cage jumps back again and again getting better and better at killing aliens and winning the battle. In order to do this he enlists the help (over and over again) of the war hero Rita (Emily Blunt) who helps him attempt to end the war and get out of the loop.  Edge of Tomorrow plays with its gimmick fantastically, smartly jumping back as the story unfolds in a surprisingly straightforward manner. It works in both action and humor and deftly handles what could have been an immensely complicated story. Liman keeps things crisp and easy to follow while basically shooting the same scenes repeatedly. It's a fantastic job of keeping a movie going that could have easily gone stagnant. It also features some the more unique alien creatures I've seen in a while. It helps that Cruise and Blunt are just so damn engaging. Cruise is probably at his most classic Tom Cruise-iest in this film and that's a good thing. Charming yet full of all the stuff that makes a good action hero, it's actually interesting to see him tackle a role where he isn't initially a kick ass super spy. Blunt gets a bit more of the short end of the stick as she doesn't get to play up the time jumping as much, but she definitely has some action chops in her and if anyone was the right person to play a character nicknamed Full Metal Bitch it's Emily Blunt in this movie. Want some really surprising news? The film is only an hour and forty minutes long, and yet it packs more character than much of the pushing-three-hour epics we've seen this summer. Picking up the book's themes of death and loss quite astutely the movie plays out with characters you can actually get into. Thanks to the quick nature (for a summer action flick) you're never left with a second to breathe or to pick apart the quandaries that any time travel movie raises. Instead your hard lined into the action and, surprisingly, both lead characters. Liman and the actors turn a tight screenplay into something more than it was on paper. Then it all blows up. Despite the originality and Liman handling much of the action in a unique manner (the minimalist mech design is especially great) throughout the film there are hints of too much Hollywood creeping in. It's just hints here and there: a team of ragamuffin soldiers, a bit too much slow motion romance shots, a line that makes you roll your eyes. It makes you worried as your watching and for good reason because the ending is all Hollywood when it really shouldn't be. It's fine to diverge from the book's nihilistic ending as that wouldn't have worked as well on film, but, this film's ending is the worst kind. The kind the rejects much of the movie's previous ideas and tone in order to please some mythical audience. Avoiding spoilers while talking about an ending is tough, but by the time it rolls around you'll know what is going to happen anyway. Luckily you'll also have got to watch one of the more entertaining and creative sci-fi films to land in recent memory. The Edge of Tomorrow might not have the clout that some of the other summer movies do, but that doesn't mean it should be missed. 
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On the edge of truly awesome
With Jupiter Ascending getting pushed back to February Edge of the Tomorrow might be the last of the original summer action movies left standing. Yes, it's an adaptation of a short Japanese novel, but that is still ...

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See Edge of Tomorrow Early and Free


Washington DC, Norfolk and Baltimore screenings
May 30
// Matthew Razak
Edge of Tomorrow is an odd beast. It hasn't got the hype that a lot of the other summer blockbusters have, but man does it look cool. Like a science fiction version of Groundhog Day starring Tom Cruise. I'm actually pret...
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New Edge of Tomorrow trailer rocks its premise


Where the hell did this movie come from
May 12
// Matthew Razak
In a summer crammed with sequels and remakes and superheroes I think I am now more excited for Edge of Tomorrow than anything else. The trailer team on this has been doing an insanely good job and this one isn't any dif...

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DC Friends: See Jack Reacher early and free


Dec 14
// Matthew Razak
If Skyfall hadn't landed this year I would probably already be dubbing Jack Reacher as the most badass movie of the year. This is a film where Tom Cruise kicks ass and says one-liners for what is basically the entir...
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New Jack Reacher poster is bleh


Does Tom Cruise look like he's about to cry?
Dec 14
// Thor Latham
They're not even trying at this point. Just slap ole' Tom Cruise's face on a poster, throw the title on there, and you've got yourself some promotional material. This doesn't convey anything! All the looker on can deduce from...
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First image from All You Need Is Kill starring Tom Cruise


That Tom Cruise is so kooky!
Nov 09
// Thor Latham
It amazes me that Tom Cruise has been able to become one of the world's biggest action stars while making faces like that during his most intense scenes. I guess he must be doing something right. This is the first pic from&nb...
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Trailer: Jack Reacher


Tom Cruise is Jack 'Diminutive' Reacher
Sep 14
// Thor Latham
How many movies have we seen where Tom Cruise hurts people like this? Someone should go tally that up just for curiosity's sake. I have to admit I know exceptionally little about the Jack Reacher novels, other than...
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Trailer: Jack Reacher


Jul 05
// Alex Katz
The first trailer for Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise's further attempts to re-solidify himself as an action star, has hit, and it looks like someone ran Drive through the Hollywood Action Movie Mill. That bit of snark as...

Review: Rock of Ages

Jun 15 // Matthew Razak
[embed]210655:38412[/embed] Rock of AgesDirector: Adam ShankmanRated: PG-13Release Date: June 15, 2012 Rock of Ages is a massive contradiction. A film about the swan song of rock and roll in the 80's that bemoans the loss of head-banging, badass rockers and that true rock and roll spirit, all while being the exact kind of thing that crushed it. With actors singing all the songs to various degrees of success and a soundtrack clearly designed by a focus group and dedicated PR team to be rock and roll, the film is pretty much the exact opposite of rock and roll whenever anything is going that doesn't involve singing or Tom Cruise acting like a crazy person. But then a song hits, not all of them, mind you, but some of them. And it's sung well or the actors are at least putting some awesome effort into it (rock's never been about the ability to sing well), and despite being a movie made by the antithesis of rock and roll, rock and roll shines through. You find yourself having fun because music is fun, and music you know and love is even more fun. This movie is the physical manifestation of cognitive dissonance. Thankfully, the music wins out in the end. Based in the 1980's, Rock of Ages tells the story of a rock club called Bourbon and the many lives that come through it. There's the star crossed, want-to-be rockers Drew (Diego Boneta) and Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who are looking for their big break. There's the club owner, Dennis (Alec Baldwin), and his cohort, Lonny (Russel Brand), who pull off the best duet of the film. There's the 80's politician's wife, Patricia (Cathrine Zeta-Jones), a clear mockery of Nancy Reagan's war on rock and roll, and a slew of other characters who get to bust out into 80's rock anthems all over the place. Then there's Tom Cruise, who plays super rock star Stacee Jaxx. Cruise runs away with the part, playing it to the hilt of insanity without dumping over into all-out parody. He's so good, in fact, that he makes the rest of the cast look worse, which is even worse for poor Malin Ackerman, who has to play his love interest but can't keep up. In fact, most of the time, when anyone else is speaking or any plot is unfolding outside of Cruise's alcohol-swilling, drug-addled rocker, you basically want the film to either get to a song quick or cut back to Cruise doing something insane. The rest of the characters are just not that interesting, and it's pretty obvious the filmmakers know that, because despite Cruise getting cameo billing, the film clearly concentrates on him. In fact, leading up to his entrance about a quarter of the way into the film, the movie feels like it's crawling. The music is okay, but two weak mash-ups in a row had me worrying that none of the rock was going to get my toe tapping at all. But, like a well constructed song (or a well-constructed musical, since this is based on the musical of the same name), it starts picking up as the film rolls along. The first part of the film falls into the trap of feeling like it's working its plot around songs, while the end of the film actually has a groove where both story and songs work together. It doesn't fully make up for the slow beginning, but it definitely saves the film. Rock of Ages is pretty much exactly what it seems to be: a Broadway musical turned into a film that is obviously grasping for the Glee crowd. It's definitely not rock and roll, but at least it's trying. I mean, any movie that has both "Here I Go Again" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" in it can't be all bad.
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Rock of Ages is basically an all 80's version of Glee. It, in fact, is everything I like and everything I dislike about Glee in movie form. It's a musical built around the songs and not the story. It's main catch isn't the fa...


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